Establishment Candidates Win in Virginia

Jun 14, 2017

Virginia’s gubernatorial elections are the year after presidential elections. Gubernatorial elections tend to be a quick referendum on the newly elected president. Virginia Democratic voters voted for Ralph Northam over Tom Perriello. Perriello sought the support of progressive voters who identified with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Ralph Northam is the current Lt. Governor of Virginia and won the traditional Democratic constituency. He had the endorsement of every Democrat in the General Assembly. Republican Ed Gillespie was in a razor thin primary fight with Trump supporter and advocate, Corey Stewart. Stewart is waiting until all precincts report before conceding the election. Gillespie is an establishment Republican who served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee under George H. W. Bush. Democrat voters turned out in far greater numbers than did Republican voters.